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Suhail A. Shaikh ’91, P’18 P’20

Suhail is married to Saba Shaikh ’91. They have two Middlebury sons, Aazum Shaikh, a junior, and Fazi Shaikh, a freshman.

Career: Suhail is a partner and senior investment professional at Solar Capital, a private credit fund that manages over $2 billion in assets. Suhail is responsible for originating, structuring, and managing leveraged buyout financings. Prior to Solar Capital, Suhail was a managing director at Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML). In the six years he spent at BAML, Suhail was responsible for initiating coverage of several high profile sponsor clients. He led advisory assignments, financings, and equity offerings for leveraged buyouts and sponsor-owned portfolio companies. With over 20 years in investment banking, Suhail has significant experience in structuring and raising debt and equity capital for companies in a wide variety of industries, having raised over $20 billion for companies in the US, Europe, and Asia. Prior to BAML, Suhail was an executive director in CIBC World Markets’ Financial Sponsor Group in New York, where he managed sponsor client relationships and executed leveraged finance transactions. He also spent six years with JP Morgan & Co. in New York and London. He began his career after Middlebury as an investment analyst at Bankers Trust Co., where he co-managed a $200-million high grade corporate bond portfolio. 

Volunteer activities: Advisor and volunteer to SSGWI, a New York-based wellness charity that promotes healthy living in Pakistan; one of the founding members of American Pakistan Foundation, a cross-border nonprofit dedicated to socioeconomic and cultural development in Pakistan;  advisor to EdEqual, an education technology start-up in Pakistan; member of Middlebury College Leadership Gifts Committee; member of Middlebury College International Leadership Committee; mentor for Middlebury Career Counseling Summer Mentorship Program.

Education: AB, Middlebury College, joint major in computer science and economics; MBA, The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, 1996.

Why I volunteer for Middlebury: Saba and I consider Middlebury to be our first home in the US, the place that set our foundation for success as international students in the US. Without Middlebury’s generous financial aid, neither of us could have had the opportunity to be educated in the US. The liberal arts education that I received at Middlebury allowed me to take on new challenges and I attribute my career successes to this education. I volunteer for Middlebury because I believe deeply in the system of liberal arts, Middlebury’s unique location, and the friendships that I created at this fine institution. As a side note, I would not be married to Saba if I had not attended Middlebury.

Why I support financial aid for international students: Middlebury provided me with an education that is available to a very small percentage of students in this world. I believe strongly in the multiplier effect of educating international students from less privileged backgrounds, so they can in turn provide this blessing to others. To this end, Saba and I have focused our support and giving to Pakistani students who otherwise would not have the opportunity to enjoy all that Middlebury has to offer. Pakistan is at a very challenging crossroad of extremism, driven largely by income inequality and lack of a sound education system.  Our goal is to try and make a difference in the lives of a few, so that they can further support and inspire the next generation.

Interests and Background: Suhail speaks Urdu, Punjabi, and English, and when he becomes an empty nester would like to learn Spanish. A creative writing class inspired Suhail to explore fiction, and in his spare time he writes spy novels. (He is still working on his masterpiece and hopes to publish it in the next several years). Suhail loves to travel with the family and has had the fortune of visiting several countries around the world. One of his passions is to shoot and produce videos of his son Fazl playing soccer.

Where I’ve lived: Scarsdale, NY; London, UK; New York, NY; Middlebury, Vt.; Karachi, Pakistan.